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Marriage FAQS
Marriage FAQS

Do you have a question about marriage in Australia and the statutory legal process? If so, our skilled team has compiled some of the most asked questions in this section, and provided concise professional answers to ensure you are informed before proceeding.

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Do you provide free advice regarding Visa related marriage in Australia
Yes, we can provide free advice regarding Visa related marriage in Australia, specifically with regard to Prospective Marriage Visas and Temporary Partner Visas, however we are experts in Marriage Law, not experts in Immigration Law .

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Can I contact the VMMR to get free legal advice regarding the marriage process in Australia
Yes, the VMMR is here to assist you on your path to marriage. We can assign a legal marriage celebrant to you, who will look after the entire process on your behalf, including delivering your wedding ceremony .

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Do I have to legally change my name back to my maiden name if I am divorced
No, because the act of marriage in Australia does not actually change your name. It only gives you the right to use another persons name legally. Once you are separated or divorced, you may choose to continue using that name, or revert to your maiden name. There is no physical administrative change that needs to occur, unless you physically changed your name on your Birth Certificate at the time of marriage, a step we highly discourage .

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Do I have to change my name once I am married
No, there is no requirement for you to change your name. Once you are married, you will have 2 legal names, your maiden name and your married name. You are free to choose how and when to apply those names .

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How long does it take for Births Deaths and Marriages to register my marriage
Births Deaths and Marriages take between 30 - 60 days to fully register your marriage on their database. Once they have done this, they will be able to issue you with an Official Marriage Certificate, which can be used to get a Passport in your new married name .

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Do all Civil Celebrants do the same thing
No, all Civil Celebrants have their own style and approach, especially with regard to your ceremony. There are even slight legal variations, in the approach of varying Civil Celebrants, so it is important you select a Celebrant that suits your requirements .

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What is the difference between Civil Celebrants
Civil Celebrants vary in their personalities, expertise, skill-set, price, and knowledge of Marriage Law. It is important that you select a Civil Celebrant who matches your requirements .

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What happens if my Divorce Order does not come through in time for me to be married
If your Divorce Order does not arrive in time for you to be married, then you will simply be unable to be legally married on your Intended date. In other words, you will need to obtain your Divorce Order before any further legal marriage can proceeed .

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What happens if I am unable to locate my Divorce Order
Divorce Orders are readily available from the court that issued the order. In Victoria that would be the Family Court, also referred to as the Federal Magistrates Court. You can apply for your Divorce Order online for a small fee .

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What document do I need to provide if my previous marriage ended with the death of my partner
If your previous marriage ended with the death of your partner, you will need to provide a Death Certificate as proof of your eligibility to re-marry .

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